Gun Violence Has No Place in Our Neighborhoods

January 20, 2016
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By Mayor Martin Walsh I traveled to Washington D.C. and stood with President Obama as he took measures to make our communities safer. Requiring all gun purchases to include a background check is a common sense, simple step, which will make it harder for criminals and those who intend to commit crimes to access...

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Letters to the Editor

January 20, 2016
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City Hall Plaza Dear Editor, Karen Cord Taylor always seems to say what I’ve been grinding my teeth over (and not saying.) Apropos the new Government Center MBTA station—why is it that Boston needs these multi-million dollar entrances?  To distract us from the miserable condition of the cars and system? I’m attaching photos of...

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Ready to Ring in ‘16

January 7, 2016
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Ready to Ring in ‘16

Workers put the finishing touches on the ice sculptures in Copley Square on Thursday morning in preparation for the 40th annual First Night celebration.

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2015, A Year in Review

January 7, 2016
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2015, A Year in Review

By Dan Murphy On Jan. 11, around 40 volunteers gathered to remove the traditional holiday garlands and bows from around 1,100 lamp-posts throughout Beacon Hill. On Jan. 13, Mayor Martin J. Walsh delivered his first State of the City address at Symphony Hall. On Jan. 27, Boston has hit with its first blizzard of...

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Downtown View:Curiouser and Curiouser

January 7, 2016
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City Hall Plaza is maligned, disparaged, abhorred and then used whenever we have a citywide celebration—think World Series. The place has been poorly maintained for almost 50 years while serving as a staging area, a site for the Big Apple Circus and concerts and a parking lot for unidentified cars. Parts of it have...

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Beacon Hill Seminars Set to Host Spring Kickoff on January 11

January 7, 2016
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By Suzanne Besser There promises to be lots of lively and thought provoking discussions going on in the 22 courses offered this winter and spring by the Beacon Hill Seminars, the community’s popular membership organization of people learning with and from peers. Consider the class offered by Jeff Schiffman, one of the many BHS...

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Developers Plan 75 Condos at Old Suffolk University Buildings

January 7, 2016
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Two years ago Suffolk University put the Frank J. Donahue Building at 41 Temple St. and the Archer Building at 20 Derne St. up for sale as part of its consolidation plans and to reduce its impact on Beacon Hill. Last week developers filed plans with the Boston Redevelopment Authority to convert the two...

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Massachusetts State Police Data from 2015

January 7, 2016
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Massachusetts State Police have investigated 64 homicides across the state in 2015. State troopers, who investigate homicides in the vast majority of Massachusetts communities with the assistance of local police, have solved 47 of those, for a 73 percent clearance rate. The homicides run the full gamut of circumstances, from outdoor shootings at all...

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Police Briefs 01-05-2016

January 7, 2016
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Vandalism 12/26/15 – A victim reported that she parked her 2008 Honda Civic on Fayette Street on Dec. 19, and when she returned six days late, its front passenger’s side window was smashed, and the car ransacked. The victim reported no property missing at that time....

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Boston Officials Raise Age to Buy Tobacco Products

January 7, 2016
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh recently announced that the Boston Board of Health voted to approve amendments to the City of Boston’s tobacco regulations which raise the minimum legal age for purchasing tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, from 18 to 21, increase the age for admission to adult-only retail tobacco stores and smoking bars to 21,...

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Enjoy the New Year Safely

January 7, 2016
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“If this is the last, let’s make it a blast!” all too often is the thought of party-goers on New Year’s Eve as we usher out the old year and ring in the new. But New Year’s Eve is a day just like any other — by which we mean that too much “partying”...

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BHCA Names Patricia Tully as New Executive Director

December 31, 2015
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BHCA Names Patricia Tully as New Executive Director

Patricia Tully expects her new role as executive director of the Beacon Hill Civic Association will allow her to draw on all aspects of her extensive professional career, which includes a 17-year stint working for the British government in Puerto Rico. “I’m looking forward to fulfilling what I feel is a perfect synthesis of...

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Christmas Eve Fire a Nightmare for Beacon Hill Family

December 31, 2015
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Christmas Eve Fire a Nightmare for Beacon Hill Family

A Beacon Hill couple’s Christmas turned into a nightmare last Wednesday when their apartment caught fire, killing two of the dogs that were inside. According to the Boston Fire Department, firefighters responded to 80 Revere St., a five story brick apartment building and found a fire had started in the kitchen of the second...

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Downtown View:The Clover Club

December 31, 2015
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Dear Reader, I am taking a break from this column since this holiday deadline is earlier than usual. I’ve retrieved a column from December, 2009, that you might enjoy revisiting. I don’t know if women can now join the Clover Club. Karen Just when you think you know everything about Boston, you discover some...

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Boston First Night

December 31, 2015
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First Night 2016 entertainment, ice sculptures, and other special attractions will take place in 3 areas in the heart of the city:  Copley Square, Boston Common, and Boston Harbor. All official First Night entertainment and attractions will be free this year. Festivities include: Ice sculptures and light shows in Copley Square, along with plenty...

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Police Briefs 12-29-2015

December 31, 2015
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From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny in a Building 12/18/15 – A Charles Street store reported that when the morning clerk arrived to open at 8:30 a.m., she found the safe door unlocked and U.S. currency, the night deposit-bag and employee checks missing. There were no signs of forced entry, and detectives are investigating....

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A New Year’s Resolution: Let Go of Our Anxiety

December 31, 2015
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The intersection of the coming of a New Year and the passing of the previous one offers all of us the opportunity to pause and reflect upon both what has transpired and what awaits us. The opening lines of Alfred Lord Tennyson’s poem, Ring Out, Wild Bells, sums up what we all feel at...

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New Bridge Planned on North Washington Street

December 24, 2015
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New Bridge Planned on North Washington Street

The architect who designed the city’s iconic Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Bridge was on hand at the West End Museum on Wednesday to present preliminary plans for the estimated $125-million replacement of the North Washington Street Bridge. Miguel Rosales, president and founder of Boston-based Rosales + Partners Transportation Design, outlined the Massachusetts Department...

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Beacon Hill Hotel and Bistro Joins Saunders Family

December 24, 2015
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Beacon Hill Hotel and Bistro Joins Saunders Family

Peter and Cecilia Rait, owners of the Beacon Hill Hotel and Bistro, are scheduled to sell the Charles Street business and building to the Saunders Hotel Group at noon today, December 22. The decision to sell came partly from the Raits’ idea that they were still young enough to explore other possibilities. “We still...

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Downtown View:North Station Transportation Troubles

December 24, 2015
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Consider North Station. The Boston Redevelopment Authority has defined its area as extending from the river to New Sudbury Street and from Cambridge Street to North Washington Street. Parts of that area, especially around the terminal itself, used to offer cheap office rents and, except in the West End, not much housing. Some streets...

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The Campaign Trail for the State Senate

December 24, 2015
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Rep. Livingstone announces campaign for State Senate State Representative Jay Livingstone, of Boston’s 8th Suffolk District, announced today that he will be a Democratic candidate in the upcoming special election to fill the State Senate seat soon to be vacated by Anthony Petruccelli, which includes parts of Boston and Cambridge, the city of Revere...

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Esplanade Association to Restore Historic Lotta Fountain

December 24, 2015
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The Esplanade Association, in partnership with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), has announced plans to restore the park’s historic Lotta Fountain beginning in 2016. The fountain revitalization is part of the “Esplanade 2020” vision project and follows on recently completed capital projects, including the Eliot Memorial and Hatch Shell Oval lawn restoration....

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Police Briefs 12-22-2015

December 24, 2015
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Beacon Hill Beat From Boston Police Area A-1 Larceny from Motor Vehicle 12/12/15 – A victim reported that he parked his 2015 Subaru Forester on Beacon Street at 2:45 p.m. on Dec. 11. When he returned at 4:45 p.m. the next day, though, his musical instruments, sound equipment and accessories, along with his prescription...

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Enjoy the Holidays Safely

December 24, 2015
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Holiday get-togethers with family, friends, and co-workers are wonderful things, but all too many of such gatherings will result in tragic consequences that will be in the headlines the next day. All of us should be sure not only to limit our own holiday partying, but also be the caretaker of those whom we...

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